Chief Justice Martha Koome presided over the launch of the Commercial Justice Court Users’ Committees (CUCs) as the Chairperson of the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ).
She said although CUCs exist, most of them primarily focus on the criminal justice sector.
“As a reform agenda, we are now paying additional attention to the efficient administration of civil justice as a strategic venture,” the CJ said.
The Commercial Justice Court Users Committees will be domiciled in Kenya’s five major commercial centres of Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru and Eldoret, before opening in other commercial towns.
There’s a direct correlation between the ability of businesses to enforce their legal rights and the economic trajectory of a country. Private investments are adversely affected when commercial contracts are not timely enforced or characterised by delayed access to justice.
A judicial system characterised by huge commercial case backlogs, complex legal procedures for commercial dispute resolution, and low clearance rates of commercial disputes is an obstacle to a healthy business climate.
“We are determined to work to solve the systemic bottlenecks that are hindering our commercial justice system from performing optimally,” CJ said